Shalini Nair


Draft National Urban Rental Housing Policy 2017: Not-so-strong foundation for rental housing
Sat, May 20, 2017

The Centre’s role as a ‘facilitator’ or ‘enabler’ that will merely extend fiscal and non-fiscal concessions for rental housing created by the state, provision for no central funding are some of the limitations of the draft policy

Ramdas Athawale wants extra police in districts where Dalits targeted
Thu, May 18, 2017

Athawale added that he will personally write to all state governments that they should appoint an additional police force in all districts that see high incidence of atrocities against Dalits.

Rules changed, govt can now vacate bungalows in three days
Thu, May 18, 2017

60% housing demand met; eviction takes minimum 2-3 months, sometimes years.

National Policy For Women: Ministries to look at policies through pink lens, says Maneka Gandhi
Fri, May 12, 2017

The National Policy for Women, 2017, after it is fine tuned by the GoM next week, would be sent to the Cabinet for approval.

Government plan for slums on municipal land: Pay rent, avoid eviction
Fri, May 12, 2017

Proposal set to be sent to Cabinet for approval.

Swachh survey: Bulk of scores from urban bodies rating themselves
Fri, May 05, 2017

The survey was conducted by Quality Council of India, with 421 assessors on the field and a central team of 55 others, over a period of two months beginning January

Allot one-third of vacant posts in police to women: Maneka Gandhi to Rajnath Singh
Thu, May 04, 2017

Maneka’s letter comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court directing states to fill up 5 lakh vacancies in the police force

Ten Years of MGNREGA: UPA flagship chugs along with implementation reforms under Modi govt
Thu, May 04, 2017

Underfunding leading to undermining of its demand-driven character, allege activists

RERA: What it is; how it’ll affect builders, buyers, agents
Tue, May 02, 2017

Almost a decade after the idea was first mooted, the real estate regulatory Act came into force on Monday. The law is still not watertight, and faces resistance from powerful lobby groups. But it does give buyers certain guarantees and a grievance redressal mechanism.

Second phase of reforms under AMRUT: Land title guarantee, ULB rating in focus
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Steps proposed by the Centre include ensuring dispute-free property transactions, getting rid of bureaucratic red tape, asking cities to release credit rating status of their municipal entities and bringing professional staff in urban local bodies.

NREGA workers get lowest wage hike ever, Re 1 in some states
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

In some states like Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the increase in daily wages under MGNREGA from April 1 is just Re 1.

Uniform Civil Code: Law panel looks to SC before dealing with issue
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The issue of Uniform Civil Code, which has always been part of the BJP's election manifesto, has re-entered the political discourse with renewed vigour after the UP elections.

BJP’s OBC pitch: How stronger new backward classes panel will function
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

What is the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017?

Bill to enable data collection in J-K passed in Lok Sabha
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) said, “My charge against this government is that you are creating trouble in J&K through this bill... You are violating article 370.”

Amended maternity law goes a long way, but has a long way to go still
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

The new law allows maternity leave up to 12 weeks for women who adopt a child below the age of 3 months, and for commissioning mothers (in cases of surrogacy)

Battles Lost and Won
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

In post-Taliban Kabul, a new generation of educated women is making itself heard

Alternative Route: Non-motorised transport, BRTS in the scheme of green mobility
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

The scheme marks a conscious policy shift away from allowing proliferation of private cars to promoting use of greener modes of public transport.

Budget Session 2017: Lok Sabha passes Maternity Bill
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Women in organised sector allowed 26-week maternity leave for two kids.

Next, Aadhaar for kids in orphanages
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Process of enlisting 1 lakh children in orphanages begins.

Shelter for Homeless: Just a handful under the roof
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

According to 2011 Census, the number of total urban homeless population stands at 9.38 lakh. However, India has a meagre 658 shelters to accommodate them

Social welfare of migrant workforce: Adding portability to benefits
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

A government-appointed panel has said that a large section of urban workers lose access to social benefits due to intra-state and inter-state migration.

Gender Budget: Maternity scheme cut brings low allocation in focus
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The last time women were provided a relatively higher basic exemption limit was way back in the 2011-12 Budget.

Not enough funds, Govt to limit maternity benefit to first child only
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Sources said the details are being reworked as the Budget provision is way below the funds required for implementation of the scheme in 2017-18

Social welfare of migrant workforce: Adding portability to benefits
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

A government-appointed panel has said that a large section of urban workers lose access to social benefits due to intra-state and inter-state migration. It suggested that domicile-related restrictions be removed for the welfare of urban migrants

Muslim organisations too oppose triple talaq as is practised now: Law panel
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

The commission is currently examining the more than 40,000 responses it has received to the questionnaire issued in October 2016.

Rural job generation: Rs 48,000 crore for MNREGA
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Existing fund crunch seems to be hitting work generation hard as the data for January shows a steep decline as compared to December.

Affordable housing: Low-cost housing to benefit from infra tag
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Tag means real-estate builders can now take loans from market at lower rate, bringing down the overall cost of construction.

Pregnant Women Entitled to Rs 6,000: Maternity scheme gets Rs 2,700 crore, experts say not enough
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

The scheme grants Rs 6,000 to pregnant and lactating women who go for institutional delivery and vaccinate their children.

Coming soon: First-of-its-kind Indian sign language dictionary
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Over 6,000 words have been compiled in languages specific to Indian context.

Real Estate Act: Venkaiah Naidu warns against dilution at state-level
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016 came into force in May last year and since October, states began the process of issuing their version of the rules under the central Act.

Tap Census deprivation data to revise, expand BPL: Panel to Govt
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

The greatest impact would be on National Social Assistance Programmes for the elderly, widows and disabled persons as the adoption of the panel’s recommendations, would significantly expand the beneficiaries, requiring an additional expenditure of Rs 6,700 crore annually.

Tap Census deprivation data to revise, expand BPL: Panel to Govt
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

In all these programmes as well as in rural housing and livelihood schemes, the use of SECC as the criteria would also translate into a significant reallocation of Central funds disbursed to the states.

Poll-bound UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab see NREGA work rise
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Of all the states, Punjab recorded the highest increase over the projected work for the current fiscal until December this year.

As rural hands return, NREGA demand spikes over 60 per cent
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Records from the Ministry of Rural Development, accessed by The Indian Express, show that between July and November 2016, the average labourer turnout per day under MGNREGA was 30 lakh.

Maternity benefit scheme: What PM Modi said, where things stand now
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

In his New Year’s Eve address, Narendra Modi said pregnant women across India would get Rs 6,000 each for hospital stay, vaccination and nutrition.

Add state board course to religious discourse: NCPCR
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

The recommendation is part of the report submitted by NCPCR to the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) sub-committee of the HRD Ministry.